A “cocktail conservative” has also been called a “country club conservative/Republican” or a “hot tub” Republican. The term “cocktail conservative” describes someone who is rich and who attends cocktail parties, but who doesn’t have the experience or the values of average Americans.
“Cocktail conservative” has been cited in print since at least 1998. A similar term—used to describe a Democrat—is “limousine liberal.”
Google News Archive
30 December 1998, Free Lance-Star (Fredereicksburg, VA), pg. A6, col.1:
Some cocktail conservatives in The Weekly Standard and elsewhere are calling for the reinvasion of Iraq by U.S. ground forces as a way to put an end to Saddam Hussein. Haven’t any of these people seen “Saving Private Ryan”? A Vietnam-born Marine officer describes folks like the magazine militarists as “invincible in peace, invisible in war.”
I wonder how the cocktail conservatives will handle this. Bush must have al qaida pretty ticked off these days. And as long as he has them ticked off, any conservative with any sense would support him. But no, says George Will, Bush supporters are “neocons”, he says. “Neo” as in neo-nazi, “con” as in con artist. Yeah. I hope the cocktail conservatives keep talking and show us what lapdogs they are for the left.
4 posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 4:39:09 AM by Arthur Wildfire! March
Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:05 pm
Yeah, the Neocons and Paleocons are both saying “anyone who criticizes Palin is a dead man walking”. I believe a Bush advisor used those actual words. David Frum and Ann Althouse are already being shunned as “cocktail conservatives”.
Assaulting the Spire
“The Paradigm Shift”
Posted in General, News, Personal, Philosophy, Politics, World News by Aurvant on November 13, 2008
Well, the only conclusion I can seem to come to is that both Noonan and Parker are of the “Cocktail Conservative” crowd. A group of people who claim to subscribe to the ideals of conservatism over a glass of wine during dinner, but in actual daily practice will only admit to such ideals if means that they will remain politically relevant.
2008 TURKEY OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Monday, November 24, 2008 at 05:01AM
#6 - Peggy Noonan - Cocktail conservative journalist and former Reagan speechwriter - for her slagging of Sarah Palin while forgetting the title of her book on Reagan, “When Character was King.”
David Brooks has a problem with democracy
This entry was posted on Sunday, May 9th, 2010 at 15:06
David Brooks is nothing but an effete pseudo-intellectual and cocktail conservative who spends his time getting felt up by senators and contemplating Obama’s pant-crease. And now we know he doesn’t much like democracy, either.
Glenn Beck News
Cocktail Conservative Matthew Continetti Attacks Beck
Vadum takes apart a Weekly Standard writer who attacks Glenn Beck like a leftist.
June 28, 2010
J. D.’s Bunker
Fight the good fight
This entry was posted on Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at 17:41
Do not make the mistake of believing that the Washington cocktail conservative crowd will support you either. I point directly to the punditry that one endures when watching Fox news.
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